Telia launches connected car services with a spark - Mobile World Live

Telia launches connected car services with a spark

23 NOV 2016

Nordic operator Telia and its automotive partners today launched a range of subscription-based connected car services for drivers in Sweden.

The service is called Telia Sense and will include 4G, Wi-Fi, service warning alerts, parking updates, tyre change notifications, insurance services, tampering alarm and dashboard data.

The Telia service is delivered over the platform of Swedish firm Springworks. The platform is called Spark and Telia is its first customer.

Outside of Sweden, Telia has operations in Finland as well as other Northern and Eastern European markets, and Central and South Asia. Future market launches are therefore possible.

Springworks is making a pitch for the operator market by arguing its platform offers more gains from the car market than just supplying connectivity to vehicle manufacturers and others.

Its platform claims to offer operators a white label service so they can work with insurance firms, parking services, fleet management companies and car repair outfits.

Indeed, the vendor reckons its Spark platform will, by 2020, “have enabled mobile operators to monetise a large portion of the untapped international connected car ecosystem. ” The firm notes that new legislative requirements on automatic emergency reporting are driving this market. For example, from 1 April 2018, all new passenger cars in Europe will need to be fitted with a modem that can send a crash alert to emergency services.

In addition, by using an app together with an on-board dongle, Springworks extends connected car services to older vehicles, and not just the latest high-end models.

Springworks charges operators an undisclosed activation fee and monthly fee per active user for using its platform.

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